Zoo Academy

  • Who should attend the Zoo Academy?
    Are you looking for a future career where you can work with animals? Do you want to learn about the environment? Do you enjoy life science and research? Then this academy is for you!

    What is the Zoo Academy?
    The Zoo Academy is a half day program offered at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Three PLCS certified teachers (math, science, and language arts ) are located at the Zoo. Students attending the Zoo Academy will earn credits towards graduation. Students will go back to their high school to obtain some electives, AP credit or participate in extracurricular activities. This academy is designed to meet the individual needs of students.  

    What is a typical day?
    Through this academy, students are able to explore all aspects of the zoo. With the entire zoo serving as the classroom, students learn their core curriculum through zoo-related themes. They will also work side-by-side with zoo professionals in a rotation of internships. Students will experience first-hand careers like zoology, genetics, ecology, vet science, horticulture, animal behavior, marine biology, zoo management, business, marketing and more.  

    Location: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

    Schedule: 7:30-10:15am or 12:20-3:00pm

    Transportation: Transportation may be provided to and from the student's home high school.

    Prerequisites: On track for graduation and successful completion of biology and chemistry classes.

    Credit Options: High school credit

    Cost: $50 uniform fee

    Grades: Juniors and Seniors only

    How to Apply
    To apply for a PLCS academy program, students must complete an online application.  For more information, click here.

    How can you learn more?
    For more information please contact:
    Guidance counselor at your high school
    Contact the Academy Programs Office at 402-537-6217